Giving Thanks to Our Local Education Leaders

I am thankful that my current work—in my seventh decade of life—has given me a rich opportunity to work with amazing people. I am particularly thankful for the educators, policy makers and community leaders who work tirelessly to promote equity.

Transport Tax Dies; Guardino Defends SVLG Poll Tactics

A transportation measure intended to raise the local sales tax will have to wait until 2016. Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino said new polling projects low voter turnout. But questions remain about how Guardino’s been handling his polling information.

Mayor’s Race Imperils Carl Guardino’s Transportation Tax

Political horse whisperer Carl Guardino is pushing to get a transportation sales tax on the November ballot. But his support of Sam Liccardo in the San Jose mayor’s race could hamper those efforts.

Leaders Should Learn About the Lives, Challenges of the Homeless

Foster care youth advocate Sparky Harlan invites lawmakers and leaders to learn firsthand from people who experience homelessness.

Turkey Trot Still Funds Political Foundation

Almost 28,000 people are expected to run in the 9th Annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, the Thanksgiving morning race put on each year by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation. The runners, walkers and joggers might be surprised to note that money raised in previous years to pay health care premiums for low income kids was diverted to political campaigns.

SVLG CEO Carl Guardino Plays Favorites?

Roughly 1,300 people attended the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s (SVLG) Annual Lunch last week at the Santa Clara Convention Center—but not everyone left satisfied. Carl Guardino’s boosterism of one San Jose mayoral candidate has created concern that the leadership group CEO is blurring the line between personal preference and organizational support.

Congressman Mike Honda’s Advisory Council Rallies STEM Education Advocates

I applaud Congressman Michael Honda’s recent convening of the STEM Advisory Council, which I attended last Friday at Applied Materials with 60-plus engineers, educators, policy makers and non-profit leaders. We must act now, as more and more firms in the U.S., like Applied Materials, require science, technology, engineering or math degrees to satisfy their employment mandates.

Silicon Valley Must Lead the Nation in Improving Public Education

How many more years will the country and Silicon Valley put up with broken promises made to our children, before it is too late for us to recover from the lack of political will? This year we commemorate the 30-year anniversary of a national report that provided a clarion call to improve our public education system.

Turf Wars Overshadow Education Priorities

With its vastly superior public education system, will Boston surpass Silicon Valley as the global leader of technological innovation? It’s a distinct possibility unless we get our act together. Boston is poised to win, considering the current fights focus on turf instead of better educational results for our children.